The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
Current: President Röpke calls for greater role of civil society in the post-Cotonou agreement
President Röpke calls for greater role of civil society in the post-Cotonou agreement
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On 28 June President Röpke opened the 8th meeting of the European Union Africa Economic and Social Stakeholders' Network. The meeting, which gathered the representatives of the EESC and the African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU ECOSOCC) focused on the topic of sustainability with two main themes: water and nutrition; and critical raw materials.
In his speech President Röpke underlined the importance of the involvement of civil society in the Post-Cotonou agreement, and call for its urgent final signature. He welcomed the fact that the Post-Cotonou agreement recognises the significant role of civil society and social partners in its implementation and monitoring. He reiterated however that all EU agreements should to incorporate a robust civil society element, and that the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee with its more than 20-year experience as the only ACP-EU mechanism in place, will be the best place to contribute to and support the establishment of institutional mechanisms guaranteeing civil society participation within the scope of the Post-Cotonou agreement.
The meeting provided an opportunity to collaborate with the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, which took place in Brussels at the same time.
Finally, the meeting resulted in the adoption of a political declaration, which will be addressed to the institutions of the European Union and of the African Union.